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Aaron Souppouris

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Opened in 1995, Yurikamome was one of the first fully-automated railways to open in Japan. Running from Shimbashi to Toyusu, the line travels past some of Tokyo's famous landmarks, including the giant Daikanransha Ferris Wheel. Vimeo / YouTube user darwinfish105 has created a hyperlapse — like a timelapse, but taken from a non-stationary viewpoint — video aboard a Yurikamone train, and the result is pretty spectacular. The filmmaker mirrored and flipped the video, creating a kaleidoscopic effect that adds to the sense of speed, but there's also a less-edited version available on YouTube, if you'd rather take in more of the sights.

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Nathan Olivarez-Giles

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Tumblr is the quintessential example of a tumblelog, the stripped-down style of blogging for which it is named. But as the Daily Dot explains, it wasn't the first to offer a short form blogging service. Tumblr — which Yahoo purchased last week for $1.1 billion in cash — is at least the third tumblelog to hit the Web, following two lesser known sites: Anarchaia and Projectionist. Those two predecessors served as inspiration for David Karp, who founded Tumblr about six years ago. "The people who plant the seed are often forgotten through history," Marcel Molina, the engineer who built Projectionist, tells The Daily Dot.

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“Cirrus” directed by Cyriak (UK)

“Yamasuki Yamazaki” directed by Shishi Yamazaki (Japan)

“Tourniquet” directed by Jordan Bruner (US)

Music Video for Hem. Animated by Greg Lytle and Jordan Bruner.

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First used by the military in the 1990s, online chat systems like IRC have become an indispensable part of tactical communication. Public Intelligence has collected a series of documents about how the protocol is used for calling in support, targeting enemies, and checking in on orders. While chat allows for quick communication even with limited bandwidth, it presents the same challenges civilians see: short messages can be ambiguous or confusing, as in one case where a "large band of hungry camels" ended up being reported as a potential enemy vehicle sighting until the issue was cleared up.

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Before Apple's browser was released as Safari, it was known as "Freedom" — and it masqueraded as both Internet Explorer and a Mozilla browser. Don Melton, who started the original Safari project, describes the secrecy under which his team operated, both physically on Apple's campus and virtually as he devised ways to hide Safari's user agent information out of fear it would be connected to Apple's block of IP addresses, then to release it a few days before the announcement. "I spent the days before [Safari's] debut nervous and losing sleep," he writes, "as I combed the Internet for server logs."

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Beat Sneak Bandit creator Simogo offers another glimpse of its upcoming iOS first-person adventure game Year Walk in the newly launched trailer above.

First revealed last month, Year Walk promises to "blur the line between two and three dimensions as well as reality and the supernatural" in a tale that tasks players with exploring the world and solving puzzles in a 19th century Swedish setting.

Year Walk is set to launch early next year.

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Rainbow Nightmare: Libra will be a retro RPG mashup with traditional overhead RPG exploring, side scrolling platforming, and card collecting. Featuring cat girls, robots, zombies, and sometimes a combination of these three, AudioMew seems to be hitting several of the popular gaming tropes.

I reached out to developer Karl Crawford about the battle system, since it wasn't too apparent in the video. "The battle system is standard turn based, much like Final Fantasy 6 with class switching, except during battle you're allowed to switch between 3 different classes." In an update, Crawford describes "class dancing," which allows you to "switch between these 3 classes to maximize healing, damage, or defense. This allows you to set up your own strategies and pacing."

These hyper chiptunes jolted me out of my otherwise mellow weekend, and I figured they'd do the same for you. It might be just me, but the character closeup art doesn't mesh as well as it could with the otherwise charming pixel graphics. If you want to help out Rainbow Nightmare: Libra, visit its Kickstarter page or spread the word. The Windows-bound game is almost at 15% of its $9,000 goal, and if it reaches $20,000, the developer will support Mac and Linux.

[Thanks, readers Kimberly W. and Molly]

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Remember MaK? The developers called it a 'physics sandbox with tethers, rockets, engines, balloons, explosives, teleportation, relative gravity and potentially unlimited room for creativity.' There's more than a whiff of Super Mario space Galaxy wrapped in up in it as well. If you've ever wanted a whimsical Minecraft set in space, this may be it.

As you might have guessed from the title, they're also in need of some financial help. MaK currently has a Kickstarter project up that is looking to achieve $230, 000 in funding. If you feel like contributing, here's the appropriate link.

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